For the first time in Nevada history, this timeline depicts selected events in the history of African-American lawyers, civil rights, and diversity in Nevada's bar and bench. It includes many historically significant pictures and is part of a special Black History Month issue of the Nevada Lawyer, the official publication of the State Bar of Nevada. That issue highlights the achievements and contributions of African-American lawyers in Nevada in honor of the 51st anniversary of the first African American (Charles L. Kellar) passing the Nevada state bar examination, the 48th anniversary of the first two African Americans admitted to the state bar of Nevada (Earle W. White, Jr., and Robert Reid), the 32nd anniversary of the first two African-American women admitted to the State Bar of Nevada, the 48th anniversary of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act, the 47th anniversary of the Nevada Civil Rights Act, and the 150 year history of African Americans in Nevada (at least since Nevada first became a U.S. Territory). The project that resulted in the publication of this Black History Month issue was a joint venture between the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Nevada. Numerous people and institutions contributed their knowledge of Nevada history to this timeline, including Arthur L. Williams, Jr., Kathleen England, Claytee D. White, Justice Michael L. Douglas, Guy Rocha, Joanne Goodwin, Karl Armstrong, and many others who are listed in the introduction to the issue, "About this Special Black History Month Issue."
Anderson, Rachel J., "Timeline of African-American Legal History in Nevada (1861-2011)" (2012). Scholarly Works.Paper 689. This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Faculty Scholarship at Scholarly Commons @ UNLV Law.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
(Tulsa, OK) - May 31st and June 1st mark the anniversary one of the worst domestic terrorist acts in modern American history. The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, where 300 and one author estimates over 3,000 African Americans were violently killed and thousands displaced from their homes by fellow white Americans. The tragic event still receives no major coverage in the national media, while the anniversaries of the terrorist attack of the 2001 World Trade Center in New York, on 9/11, and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing continues to receive major media attention. It is also known as the event that lead to the destruction of the prosperous Tulsa black business district known as Black Wall Street.
ABC News has yet to acknowledge their erroneous reporting of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as the worst domestic terrorist act in U.S. history, ignoring the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
No acknowledgment by President Obama. No public acknowledgment by Congressional leaders. No news story on CNN. No coverage by FOX News. No discussion on MSNBC. No mention by the Governor of Oklahoma.
"Just like Juneteenth, the "19th of June", America's 2nd Independence Day, America's dark history of domestic terrorism through the lynching and murder of thousands of Americans of African descent continues to be ignored by all major media and key elected officials," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), sponsors of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement that takes place on the "18th of June", during the week of the observance of Juneteenth Independence Day in America.
"During our National Juneteenth Memorial Maafa Reef Laying Ceremony we will have some of the names of victims of lynching and racial acts of terrorism read aloud to those in attendance," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., also Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), host of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, June 18-19, 2014, in the nation's capitol. "America needs healing from the legacy of enslavement and acts of racial violence. Our own domestic terrorist history should not be ignored, but embraced with honesty and a sincere desire for racial healing and reconciliation."
MAAFA (pronounced "MAH-AH-FAH") is a Kiswahili word that means "great calamity", "catastrophe", "tragedy or disaster". It is a term describing African Americans own unique holocaust and tragic loss of life in American history. This includes the Middle Passage, where millions of Africans died on slave ships on the journey from the west coast of Africa to the Americas, the Red Summer of 1919, where many African Americans were lynched and murdered across the nation, the Black Medical Maafa in remembrance the AMA apology to black physicians for years racial discrimination, leading to record death rates in the black community and the modern day Maafa of black youth violence and abortion.
"We will also continue to designate the "18th of June" as the National Day of Remembrance of the Maafa in America," sates Dr. Myers. "The annual observance of Juneteenth affords our nation the best opportunity to meaningfully and constructively confront our dark history of enslavement."
Dr. Myers, who has was appointed National Advisory Chairman of America's Black Holocaust Museum by late museum's founder, Dr. James Cameron, a lynching survivor, was encouraged by the Senate apology for lynching during the week of Juneteenth in 2005. Dr. Myers worked closely with former Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) in initial efforts to get a congressional apology for slavery. He also worked with Virginia state legislator Del. Frank Hargrove to have Juneteenth recognized as a state holiday observance as a first step toward the passage of a resolution to apologize for slavery.
"The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 should not be ignored," states Dr. Myers. "It should be embraced by all Americans as a part of history that demonstrates how far we have come and yet need to go to bring closure to decades of racial violence."
The National Juneteenth Memorial Maafa Wreath Laying Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 18, 2014, at Lincoln Park Emancipation Memorial, across the street from Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, Rev., Dr. Diane Dixon-Proctor, 1301 N. Carolina
Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC, beginning at 5:00pm. President Obama has been invited to address those in attendance.
In recent years, Maafa services have been held as a part of Juneteenth observances across the country, including New Orleans, Louisiana and Burlington, Vermont. Other Maafa services are also held throughout the year, especially in New York at St. Paul Community Baptist Church.
"We humbly request all Americans of consciousness to join us in the remembrance of the thousands Americans who have been victims of racial violence in America," states Rev. Myers. "We hope that President Obama will personally acknowledge the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 as a remembrance of the Maafa, as he has done for the tragic loss of life during Patriot Day, 9/11. We hope President Obama will also acknowledge the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, on the '18th of June' every year."
For information on the National Juneteenth Maafa Memorial Service, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016, 662-247-1471, or e-mail: